Scary Movie Masks! (Tutorial)

Hello there, I thought I’d take you all to the movies for Halloween!

Saw, Scream, Silence of the Lambs and Friday the 13th are screening!!! Firstly, can I just say that I don’t really watch full-on slasher gory horror, I’m just too much of a wimp! I slept with the light on for a week after I watched the Exorcist. And when I say ‘watched’ I mean, I was in the room when it was on. Behind a cushion. With my fingers in my ears. Scarred for life! No, I’m definitely more of a psychological thriller kind of a girl, Silence of the Lambs being my all time favourite, so here it is first on the menu (no cannibal pun intended!)

To make the shape I used a heart and a egg cutter like this:

and just ‘smushed’ the nose part so it wasn’t too pointy before baking.

To decorate I scraped a little black icing over where the mouth would go, and piped some brown to make the bump for his nose and let these both dry. Once dry I flooded it, covering the entire nose part (round the top too). For this you need a thicker icing than flood icing. To make the holes I thought I’d try the coconut crater technique from Georganne at Lilaloa using a thinner icing (you can see the spots in the third picture). I’m not sure I did it right so after about an hour I helped them long with a scribe tool. Patience is a virtue you know, but I’m just that not virtuous 😉

I’m really pleased with his little nose! (It shows up better on the top photo) I’ve always just piped details on after flooding, never before. I didn’t think it would work, and to be honest, I think I could have gone for a bigger bump, but now I know I can do it, the possibilities are endless! Well, probably not endless but you know what I mean!

For the scream mask, I used the egg cutter again and just gave it a bit of a stretch downwards. I scraped some black icing all over the biscuit. When this was dry I piped where the eyes, mouth and nose were to be and flooded the biscuit. In hindsight, I would have just scraped where the black was to show through because some of black bled into the white! Oops! When the white was dry I added some details to the eyes and a black hood.

For Jason’s hockey mask, I mixed elements of the Hannibal and scream mask by adding some black for the eyes and a bump for the nose. Once the white flood had dried I used Lizy B’s antiquing cookies technique to make the mask look dirty, the bleeding from the black underneath actually helped here! Totally skillful on my part, honestly!! Once dry, I added some straps with brown icing and the holes with a food marker.

Last but not least is the Saw mask. I wasn’t really a fan of this film but I love the cookies, they turned out really creepy!! I used the kopykake for the shape, after the black for the eyes had dried. Then I added the details: red eyes and mouth, cheeks with a red swirl while still wet (wish I’d tried my ‘bump’ technique here but never mind!), nose, eyebrows and hair and you have one freaky looking clown-dude, puppet, er, thing!

What do you think of the bumpy icing technique? I will definitely be trying this again. Although, I chickened out of the Michael Myers and leather-face masks! They were ever-so slightly waaaay beyond me…maybe next year!!

So which other scary movies are you rolling out to watch this month? Silence of the Lambs will definitely be on my playlist, you can keep the rest, I need my sleep! Oh, and trust me these Hannibal biscuits go great with some fava beans and Chianti…..OK, OK, they go better with milk but I just couldn’t resist!!



Cool Britannia: Trooping the Colour!

Hello! Its been a while hasn’t it? I do apologise, I’ve been trying to get things sorted with the business for the last few weeks. I’ve been doing the boring stuff like tax etc, and trying to figure out Google Adsense, but also the cool stuff like trying to improve my photos, work on some new designs and open my Etsy shop!! Well, I managed everything but figuring out Google Adsense, my god how complicated is that?!

Anyway, enough of all that! How cool would it be to have two birthdays?!! Yes I know! Very cool! Presents without actually being another year older!! Brilliant!! And not to mention two birthday cakes! Tremendous!!

OK well, sorry, but it only happens if you’re the Queen, but hey, its nice to dream 🙂

Today down in London they are ‘Trooping the Colour’ to mark the Queen’s official birthday. In case you didn’t know her real birthday is in April but the weather is always sometimes bad in the UK in April so we have a summer celebration instead.

And I thought I’d make some biscuits to celebrate too!!

Trooping the Colour is a big pomp and ceremony military tattoo which starts with a procession of the Queen and the Household Cavalry down The Mall from Buckingham Palace and it culminates with one of the foot guard regiments trooping their colour (basically flying their flag) for the Queen. Once the ceremony is over the Queen travels back to Buckingham Palace where she joins the rest of the Royal family on the balcony for a flypast from the Air Force.

To be honest I’ve been itching to try some British soldiers, and I’m so chuffed I did! I think these are my favourite of all the biscuits I’ve ever done!!

I broke the close up version soldier down into steps to show you how I did them but the full length little guy was done the same way. Except he has legs and arms!

You will need:

  • Square biscuits
  • Food marker (I used two, you could get away with one)
  • Flesh coloured icing
  • Red icing
  • Black icing
  • Black sanding sugar
  • Light brown icing
  • Gold lustre dust
  • Alcohol (I used vodka)

(Yes, I do think there should be a step between 4 & 5 and I honestly thought I’d taken that photo but obviously not!!)

  1. I outlined the soldier’s hat and coat with a food marker and used a scribe to mark the face. I learnt a lesson here, I won’t be doing that again, there are way too many crumbs to deal with!!
  2. I flooded the face with a flesh coloured icing
  3. Flooded the coat with red icing
  4. When both of these were dry to the touch, I flooded the hat with black icing and immediately added black sanding sugar to give the hat a little definition.
  5. Added black detail to the shoulders. Once these were dry I added light brown details and then used the gold lustre dust and alcohol to paint them gold using sugarbelle’s tutorial. (The crowns were decorated this same way)

    For the flypast biscuits I thought I’d be really clever (after the success of the black sanding sugar for the bear skins) and I thought I’d do the three different colours of smoke with sanding sugar. Unfortunately, there was waaaay too much jumbling of those little beads and I was picking them off for ages!! Another lesson learnt!!! (I may have just been impatient and not waiting until each colour was dry though!!)

    And doesn’t everything just look better with a Union Jack or 6?

    Although I had a few problems I loved making these! I’m feeling very patriotic today 😉

    Happy Birthday your Majesty!!

    Other Cool Britannia treats to check out:
    London Cookies (Lizy B)
    British Themed Cookies (Flour Box Bakery)
    Beatles Cookies (Haniela’s)

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